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    H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan welcomes the UK announcement of a streamlined visa process for Maldivian students

    The press release by the UK FCO this morning on the official UK government website states:

    "The Temporary Enrolment Location (TEL) will operate on 7th and 8th August 2018 from 09.00 am to 05.30 pm from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives (1st Floor Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male).

    Applicants wishing to use the temporary VAC will follow the normal application process by submitting their forms, paying for their visas and booking their appointments online via https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa.

    UKVI have agreed to waive routine interviews for customers applying for a Tier 4 student visa via the TEL – making the process more convenient to those who use the TEL.

    This is an optional service and those in Maldives are free to travel to the nearest visa application centres in Sri Lanka or India.

    Maldivians will also have access to a streamlined application process, announced by the UK Home Office in early July. Maldives was added by UKVI to a list of countries known as Appendix H. This means Maldivians – along with other applicants from Appendix H countries – who are applying for Tier 4 visas will not be required to provide evidence of finances, qualifications or evidence of their English language ability with their application, although they must still meet these requirements – and UKVI reserves the right to request the documents in certain cases.

    The UK welcomes students from Maldives, and recognises the contribution they make to the UK, both intellectually and culturally. The streamlined visa processes hopes to provide greater access to Maldivian students as they access the UK’s internationally recognised higher education system."

    H.E. Ahmed Shiaan said: "This is a very positive and welcomed step that will make a big difference to Maldivian students who wish to study in the UK. It's costly to travel to other countries to process student visa. We thank the UK Government for making this arrangement again and for recognising the contribution Maldivian students make to the UK. I hope this will continue in the future as well."

    For the full UK FCO press release click on the following link or copy and paste into your browser: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-visas-and-immigration-announces-streamlined-visa-process-for-maldivian-students-and-offers-temporary-visa-application-service-in-male 

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